Articles Tagged With ‘Agriculture’




Paltry pot inventory pushes prices up

Supply, demand, plant mold, and federal busts are pushing up the price of marijuana in California. [California Watch] And braced by threats from the U.S. Justice Department, property owners who rent to dispensaries now face the possibility of their property... (Continue reading)

We need a commonsense guest worker program

OPINION By JOHN SALISBURY A report on our Citizen wine grape picking crew. After a “Call to Arms” for local unemployed citizens to pick grapes that started in our monthly column in the Avila Community News and our blog inthevines.com,... (Continue reading)

Growing concerns over Nipomo groundwater levels

Nipomo’s groundwater basin remains at “potentially severe” water levels which could result in salt water intrusion, according to a recently released report. [SantaMariaTimes] Following the wet spring of 2010, the Nipomo Mesa Groundwater Basin rebounded slightly following three years of... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay Avocado and Margarita Festival, event photos

Morro Bay celebrated two of its best-loved products, avocados and margaritas, on Saturday at the Fifth Annual Avocado and Margarita Festival. At the all day event, attendees enjoyed live music and dishes such as chocolate covered avocados and avocado eggrolls.... (Continue reading)

NAFTA Truck Fiasco

OPINION By JOHN SALISBURY We really weaseled out on our part of North American Free Trade Agreement-1994 (NAFTA) which included a requirement that Canada, Mexico, and the United States allow full access to each country’s highways. Pressure from the trucking... (Continue reading)

Citizen grape pickers wanted

By JOHN SALISBURY “A Call to Arms” especially to you who say Americans will do the work instead of undocumented immigrants! You suggest that if farmers paid enough for these ag-labor jobs then the unemployment rate will diminish. Farmers find... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles Olive Festival, event photos

The 8th Annual Olive Festival in Paso Robles was a day of tasting all that nature has to offer through that wonderful fruit called the olive. More than 20,000 people from across the state flocked to the downtown park to... (Continue reading)

California sweet potatoes get a late start

Sweet potato lovers, take heart! Your little, nutrient-rich tubers are doing just fine. After a slow start because of unusually wet weather, the crop, which thrives in warm, tropical climates, has begun to flourish again. [Merced Sun-Star] Unseasonably wet weather... (Continue reading)

Wasps to be released in Los Osos

State agricultural officials are releasing hundreds of tiny wasps in Los Osos neighborhoods to try to control infestations of the light brown apple moth that damages fruit and other plants. “There is no risk to pets, humans or any other animals,”... (Continue reading)

Card checks, unions and guest workers

OPINION By JOHN SALISBURY California agriculture has some real possible tough sledding coming down the pike this summer. Revised card check, E-Verify, new regulations from the State Water Quality Control Board and Air Resources Board, and increased audits by Immigration... (Continue reading)